The Student Conservation Association

SCA Veteran Fire Corps Project Leader

Job Description

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and inspire Corps Members for the Veteran Fire Corps programs.

Supervise teams of five Veteran members working in partnership with the US Forest Service to complete fire/fuels management work. Veteran Fire Corps provides recent-era Veterans with the training, credentials and experience they need to competitively pursue wildland fire and/or forestry careers. Projects may include but are not limited to: hazardous fuels reduction, hand-piling of slash, constructing fire line in pre-fire preparation of prescribed burn units, collecting fuel inventory data, FIREWISE educational outreach, trail maintenance, timber making, and fence construction. Project work and schedules vary depending on region and season.

Past locations have included:
-Black Hills National Forest, SD
-Shoshone National Forest, WY
-Prescott National Forest, AZ
-Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, CO/WY
-Florida Fish and Wildlife, FL

Primary Responsibilities:
-Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
-Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, tools, equipment, and vehicles
-Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment
-Assist and train corps members in the conservation skills necessary for the project
-Supervise and assist the work skills training of corps members
-Promote leadership development within the team and evaluate success and potential
-Manage relationship with agency partner and work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
-Ensure successful and timely completion of work projects
-Assist SCA Program Manager to complete required program reporting and documentation
-Assist SCA Program Manager in budget management and reconciliation
-Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies and procedures
-Represent SCA in a positive manner

-Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
-Must have ability to legally work in the US
-Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification (or willingness to obtain before training)
-Minimum 2 years prior experience supervising groups in an outdoor setting
-Previous fire line, conservation, chainsaw, or veterans programming experience
-Experience with conservation work skills or related skills preferred (i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening)
-Ability to pass the Wildland Firefighters’ arduous pack test

Desired Skill Set:
-Experience leading veterans or fire crews
-S212 federal chainsaw certification
-S130/S190 federal fire certifications
-Experience forestry, geography, GIS, range management, outdoor education, and/or related subjects
-Plant identification experience
-Map & compass skills
-Camping skills
-Enthusiasm for the outdoors and a sense of adventure

Compensation: $545/week and up (depending on experience); travel to/from site; housing included

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Sue Minor

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To Apply: Visit us at to create a profile and complete the Leader Application. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application.

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